Here is a Fort Wilderness Campground Resort Review from my friend Erin.
I grew up going to Walt Disney World- every year in the fall, we’d be checked out of school early and off we’d go to Florida. Some of my best memories were made in Disney, memories that I am reliving now that I have kids of my own.
We always stayed at Fort Wilderness campground for about a week, and only went to the parks 2 or 3 of the days while we were there. The rest of the time, we spent doing all the free fun things that Disney had to offer!
We loved riding our bikes around the campground and making friends. The playgrounds were fun and unique, and the beach was open for exploration. We could spend hours building a sandcastle if we wanted. We also loved going in all the stores since each one was slightly different. At night time, we were able to go to the campground sing-a-long, campfire, and movie.
Other days, we’d take the buses or boats to the different resorts and walk around the hotels. It was fun to check out all the different restaurants, game rooms, beaches, pools, and other facilities that the hotels offered. We also enjoyed just riding the monorail and ferryboats all over Disney World. We would also usually take one evening to spend at Downtown Disney – so many fun things to do there! While we were out, we’d make a competition of finding the “hidden mickeys”, which are everywhere!
When we went to Walt Disney World this past November, we stayed for 5 nights and spent just 2 of them in the parks. The rest of the time, we ventured to explore all the freebies that Disney has to offer. Where else can you ride a monorail all day! My kids (age 6, 3, and 3 months at the time) had the time of their lives and enjoyed the free parts of Disney World. We were also able to plan to be at certain places to see the evening fireworks, and the water parade, without all the crowds at the parks. The kids weren’t overwhelmed or exhausted and we were actually able to relax and enjoy our vacation.
Walt Disney World is a magical world in itself, outside of the parks. Many people do not take the time to enjoy it! My suggestion is to go to Disney and plan a few days to just explore! You never know what you may find to fill your time.
If you are traveling to Walt Disney World with kids, don’t forget to childproof your resort room.
Erin blogs at Mommy Octopus where she teaches others how to coupon and also homeschools her 3 children.